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Shop Update, December 2013:
I’ve spent months revamping my shop in order to make room for a large hand tool cabinet. I’ll blog more about that later, but all the moving of equipment has given my double garage shop a new look, so it’s time to update this entry from my old 2010 photos. Here is the back wall of the garage as I used it for almost twenty years. Some of that storage had remained untouched for that long, too.
After two days of salvage and deconstruction, the old back bench was removed, the storage eliminated or reassigned to different spaces, and my major machinery moved into place: the drill press and drill storage cabinet below it, the radial arm saw used for cross cutting, and my router table. I left four feet of bench on the right for parts bins and the mortiser.
My old set up had a mini-lathe on one side of the garage and my Woodfast bowl lathe on the other side, near its 220 plug. That meant lots of walking back and forth to use accessories between the two lathes. I decided to make the right hand side my turning station, so moved the mini-lathe and grinder, got rid of a shelf my mother stored gardening stuff on (right smack in the middle of my shop! Nuisance…now far away against the windows where she can call the wall her own) and put the small workbench and temporary storage of my hand tools on the left side of the garage, along with temporary wood storage. Band saw remained where it was.
So, the outside still looks pretty much the same, including the table saw cabinet on the right and mama’s little red wagon. And yes, I’m aware every day how lucky I am to have all this space!
And here is the load of beautiful Elm I bought in Spokane from mike1950 and hauled home to make the hand tool cabinet with. it is now being processed from 8/4 slabs with my old-time Skill Saw (hard work) to prepare it for the band saw and final dimensioning.
The cabinet I’m working on will replace the open hand tool storage pictured behind the small workbench.
So, Here’s To 2014! Barb’s Year of the Cabinet! I’ll blog it’s construction, but I’m hoping this shop update will last me for a very long time now.